Corporate report

Memorandum of understanding between Ofsted and DfE: independent schools

How Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE) will work together to deliver inspections of independent schools.



This memorandum of understanding explains how Ofsted and DfE will work with each other in order to carry out their respective functions for inspections of independent schools.

Published 31 January 2014
Last updated 22 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added new sections on inspecting registered early years provision in independent schools. We have also revised the sections on boarding provision, to reflect Ofsted’s power to inspect this provision without a commission. All other changes are minor and for clarity, or for accuracy and completeness (including updating legislative references).

  2. Updated document published.

  3. First published.